Baylor is committed to admitting a boarding population that reflects international diversity, but we also want our international students to excel when they arrive, equipped for the classroom rigor and the social life of an American boarding school. Therefore, we look for students who exhibit English proficiency in all forms of communication.
International students are required to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Students may take as the test as often as they like, and Baylor will accept the highest score. We look for scores above 2150 with no single-digit percentiles.
International applicants who are not native English-speakers must also submit results from the Test on English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Baylor’s minimum TOEFL expectation continues to move upward. We now look for TOEFL scores above 90, and many of our enrolled students have scores above 100.
Because of this emphasis on language skills, Baylor requires a personal interview. The interviews can be conducted in person with an admission counselor if one is in your area or when the student visits Baylor for a campus tour. Baylor places high value on students who visit campus, since it gives a student a better idea about whether Baylor will be the right fit for them. For those students who cannot get to Chattanooga, however, Baylor offers interviews through InitialView, an independent interview service. Students will receive instructions on how to contact InitialView once they have completed and submitted their applications for admission.
We discourage Skype or any kind of electronic interviews since they do not present students in their best light.